Israel slams UN nuclear watchdog chief

Published November 8th, 2007 - 10:50 GMT

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz called Thursday for Mohamed ElBaradei to be removed as head of the UN nuclear watchdog, claiming he had turned a blind eye to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

 

"The policies followed by ElBaradei endanger world peace. His irresponsible attitude of sticking his head in the sand over Iran's nuclear programme should lead to his impeachment," Mofaz told public radio, according to AFP.

 

"ElBaradei says he has no proof regarding Iran's nuclear program when he has intelligence reports gathered by several countries and he heads an organisation responsible precisely for that," the former chief of staff said.

 

According to Mofaz, he believed the Jewish state's archfoe had yet to cross the point of no return in its nuclear plan. "The development of the necessary infrastructure for enriching uranium is slower than the Iranians say it is," Mofaz stated, a day after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted that his country had reached a key target of 3,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment.

 

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